Paula Schlueter Ross

Managing Editor of Reporter

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Paula Schlueter Ross (1953–­2019), former managing editor of Reporter, was a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. During her nearly 35-year career with the LCMS, she wrote for both Reporter and The Lutheran Witness and often took photos to accompany her stories. Ross won 17 national writing awards from the Associated Church Press, including seven first-place “Awards of Excellence.”

LCMS, Kazakhstan officials discuss religious freedom

Hoping to learn more about interfaith partnerships and religious freedom in the United States, four Christian and Muslim visitors from Kazakhstan meet with LCMS officials March 8 in St. Louis.

Concordia, Selma, ‘moving in right direction,’ says Mendedo

Even though it still faces challenges, Concordia College Alabama in Selma, Ala., “is a good success story” — both financially and academically

Filling staff post is priority for Black Clergy Caucus

By Paula Schlueter Ross SELMA, Ala. — Placing a full-time director of black ministry at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis — who can speak on behalf of those serving in black ministries and “sit at the table” with representatives…

Returned Bible foreshadows 'exciting' year for congregation

By Paula Schlueter RossWith more than a dozen robberies and incidents of vandalism in the past year — resulting in the loss of computer equipment, gift cards, musical instruments, copper wiring and food-bank items — St. Johns Lutheran Church in…

LCC Comfort Dogs bring smiles back to Newtown

By Paula Schlueter Ross Abbi, Barnabas, Chewie, Hannah, Maggie, Ruthie, Luther, Prince and Shami — the nine four-legged disaster-response workers who arrived in Newtown, Conn., on Saturday, Dec. 15, to assist the shaken residents — “have brought peace and comfort everywhere…

Churches band together to meet needs after Sandy

By Paula Schlueter Ross “It’s not about us,” says Tracey Stillman, whose congregation, Village Lutheran Church in Lanoka Harbor, N.J., has been caught up in disaster-response efforts as a result of Superstorm Sandy. That congregation has been providing hundreds of free meals;…

Synod processing $65,000 more in 'Sandy grants'

By Paula Schlueter Ross As of Nov. 6 — a week after Superstorm Sandy tore across the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, cutting a huge swath of destruction and leading to the deaths of at least 113 people across nine states — The…

CUS enrollment climbs to record 29,597 students

By Paula Schlueter Ross Twenty years. That’s how long the Synod’s Concordia University System of 10 colleges and universities nationwide has been around. That’s also how many years Concordia University System (CUS) enrollment has grown — in other words, every fall, just…

Murray sees LMI impact in Tanzania

By Paula Schlueter Ross Back from a weeklong visit to Tanzania, East Africa, the Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray says he was “blessed” to see how efforts to eradicate malaria in Africa are making progress.  In that country, malaria deaths…

Concordia University, St. Paul, cuts tuition by $10,000

By Paula Schlueter Ross In a bold move designed to make the cost of a private education more affordable, Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., is decreasing the annual tuition for its traditional undergraduate program by $10,000. The tuition decrease…

Fire damages Mount Vernon, Wash., church

By Paula Schlueter Ross Arson hasn’t been ruled as the cause of an Aug. 5 fire at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Wash. — but it hasn’t been ruled out either, according to the Rev. Kevin Schubkegel, the church’s…

Homeschooling Lutherans learn, share at first conference

By Paula Schlueter Ross People always tell Lutheran homeschooler Jenny Luedeke that she “must have a lot of patience.” In reality, Luedeke — mother of five sons ages three months to 8 years — says her patience often wears thin.…